Mysticism Unlocked

Emmanuel J. Karavousanos, Guest Writer
Waking Times

The mystic gains knowledge, intuitive knowledge of consciousness through that flash of insight known as, the mystical experience.  If the mystic had not gained this realization, he would not have gained that spiritual gift. Let us consider an explanation for this greatest of all enigmas.

It was historian James Harvey Robinson who said, “We do not think enough about thinking.” Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “Familiar things happen and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”  We know familiar things – thoughts — are taking place in the mind almost continuously if not continuously. Is it possible that we know this superficially and not as we should — intuitively! Not knowing why a mystical experience occurs, each of us naturally and understandably takes the thinking process for granted, accepts it as it is and quickly, understandably and naturally moves on in life ignoring any serious look at consciousness or the consciousness dilemma.

Below are quotes providing overwhelming and irrefutable evidence that we must look toward the analysis of familiar, obvious and known things and things we take for granted. Why are we encouraged to consider analyzing what is already so, so well known to us? Could it be it is because we could and would gain, intuitively gain, that which we know only on the surface — superficially? We know consciousness, but do not know our higher state — the mystical state! If we knew consciousness intuitively, we too would be mystics. Yes, we must analyze that which we superficially know — our ordinary state of mind! It is our individual thoughts that we must consider and ponder! It can be seen that with the quotes below the incentive is now there for all of us to reach for that treasured gift — the mystical experience!

  • Simply taking 2 or 3 moments once or twice a day and actually considering thoughts, thoughts that are there in the so-called present, it is then that insight — mystical insight — can and will be triggered! Our individual thoughts must be considered and looked upon as interferences, disturbances or even as “hang-ups.” In time, one will suddenly see – intuitively realize — all his/her thoughts as being intererences to peace of mind. This can only arrive from within through devotion to the analysis of what is already obvous and known to us. Yes, it is obvious we are aware of being conscious, but we must realize that this is known only  on the surface — superficially.

    With the above we may now understand that in order to gain the mystical state, it is necessary to analyze that which is already known or in reality, known only on the surface. Again, if we knew it fully, intuitively, we would already have attained the gift of the mystical state. Yes, we can gain that higher state of mind through the analysis of our incoming thoughts.  Thoughts are always there in the present and though this is known, it can and must, must be intuitively realized. There is, here and now, more than adequate evidence for us to begin analyzing our incoming thoughts. “We do not think enough about thinking” is not to be dismissed. This coupled with the idea that Gustav Ichheiser put forth: “Nothing evades our attention as persistently as that which is taken for granted.” Early in life we take our thinking for granted and operate solely on our intellect. The evidence cannot but lead us to consider the analysis what is already obvious and seemingly known.

    The evidence supporting analysis of familiar, obvious and known things, and things we take for granted:

    Familiar things happen and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

    Nothing evades our attention as persistently as that which is taken for granted. ~ Gustav Ichheiser

    Because it’s familiar, a thing remains unknown. ~ Hegel

    The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it. ~ Kahlil Gibran

    That’s the way things come clear.  All of a sudden! And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along. ~ Madeleine L’Engle

    No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. ~ George Bernard Shaw

    The best place to hide a needle is in a stack of needles. ~ Robert Heinlein

    There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious — because the obvious is what people need to be told. ~ Dale Carnegie

    Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. ~ Aldous Huxley

    The unapparent connection is more powerful than the apparent one. ~ Heraclitus

    About the Author

    For some 50 years Emmanuel Karavousanos, a layman, has engaged himself in his first love, the study of consciousness. He authored “The Gift of Mystical Insight,” a book that for the first time, offers an explanation of why a mystical experience occursand how this precious gift can be attained by each of us. Mysticism, this greatest of all dilemmas has now been clarified and can be understood through that which Whitehead and others described as, “analysis of familiar, obvious and known things and things we take for granted.” Mysticism need no longer be viewed as mystical! It is in creating an atmosphere where each and every individual gains an interest in the study of his or her own consciousness. Knowing one’s self is recognized, more than ever, as something deeply needed by our world. This most profound need is seen in the continual killings that have occurred in the past 2 years or so and are fresh in our minds. Most people seem to operate almost entirely on intellect while ignoring our very deep need for insight. Karavousanos worked in the investigations field for 33 years, which helped him prepare for this breakthrough in the consciousness field. Explaining it logically, the mystical experience, the onset of the mystical state, is no longer a great conundrum. At age 80 Karavousanos’ interest is no longer in money or fame. He lives in Bellerose, NY and devotes his time to his studies, to his 2 children and 6 grandchildren. You can each him at

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